Assignment 2 - Ambiguity

Analyze a paragraph from a magazine or a book (pick a simple one), and try to uncover as many of the problems illustrated in Lecture 1 as you can -- ambiguous words, ambiguous constructions, implicit content, vagueness, metaphor, irony, and others that you will discover.

For each problem you discover, try to determine what facts you knew that helped you to resolve the problem and understand the paragraph.

These are the facts a computer program would need as well. Write down for each ambiguity what you or the computer would need to know about the world in order to resolve the ambiguity.